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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jun 7, 2012 3:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Home Before Daylight

I thought Clapton and Townsend were battling alcohol issues by then (late 70s and early 80s). Wasn't it on the Empty Glass album that Townsend thanks some brand of cognac for being so damn expensive? Clapton by the mid 80s was getting criticized for being a recovering alcoholic making money by adding his talents to a beer commercial.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 7, 2012 6:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Home Before Daylight

My CREAM experience, thus only superficially dealing with EC in the 70s, led me to believe he used etoh to help ease the transition off heroin in the early 70s...ie, heavy use for 3-5 yrs, and then heavy drinking by mid 70s.

That's my limited understanding of his time line.

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Jun 7, 2012 3:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Home Before Daylight

Legend has it that Townsend was into alcohol but EC was definately into the heroin club.He was so reclusive for some time that it took Pete and some friends to convince Eric to get therapy from this dr. who used a black box that I think shocked him into not doing it among real group,and one on one therapy sessions.It was Pete who put together the Rainbow concert which really brought Eric back to the crowds and the applause he so desperately needed.

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Poster: Skobud Date: Jun 7, 2012 7:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Home Before Daylight

Clapton was a JUNKIE of the highest order from late '68 until The famed Rainbow Concert in the beginning of '73. EC had done absolutely nothing but shoot since the Concert for Bangladesh in '71, which you can tell by looking at him he's totally loaded there too. EC makes no bones about those 5 years. He literally had the shit delivered and shot it and never left the house. He has also been quoted as saying he did'nt leave his house for an entire year which I think was 1972(?) Townsend, Winwood, Ronnie Wood, and a host of other pulled him out and saved his life. He was totally done. What a story.